The government last year allocated 1,127 billion forints (EUR 3.1bn) in extra funding for the health-care sector from the epidemic protection fund and the economy protection framework, in addition to the originally budgeted amount, the finance ministry said. The ministry said on Facebook that the business forum website mfor.hu had incorrectly stated that only 60.7 billion forints had been allocated in the budget to health care during the epidemic. A total of 1,027 billion forints has been used from the epidemic protection fund for health equipment procurements, infrastructure development and paying a 500,000 forint one-off bonus to health-care staff, the ministry said. The latter itself totalled more than 100 billion forints, it added.
The government allocated an additional 100 billion forints of economy development funding to support the health-care industry and improve the security of services, which also involved preserving jobs and creating new ones. As a result, total health spending last year almost totalled 3,000 billion forints, the ministry said. The health-care sector allocation for this year is also 3,000 billion forints, and this is open-ended so it can be increased as necessary, it added.